10th March 2020
We have moved out of Atherstone and moored at an isolated spot near Hartshill Country Park for a few days. We take a walk to the 137 acre site before moving on towards Nuneaton where we have ordered some prescription medicines to pick up from a local pharmacy.
13th March 2020
The wind seems to have dropped a bit and it doesn't feel quite so cold today so we make an early start (well early for us) and leave our lovely mooring before bridge 33. We negotiate a fallen tree before we pass Hartshill Yard a former 19C carpenters workshop and blacksmiths forge overlooked by a splendid clock tower, now a canal and river trust maintenance yard, where we pick up some water before continuing our journey. We visit Springhaven Marina to stock up on coal as we still have the solid fuel stove alight 24/7 and Pat picked up some oil ready for the next engine oil change. We moor just before bridge 24 as we don't want to moor overnight in Nuneaton. We had a few problems with our GP surgery sending our E prescriptions to the pharmacy so I chased them up and phoned the pharmacy to see if they had received them.
14th March 2020
Our prescription medicines are ready so we high tail it up ( well at 4 mph) to Nuneaton, where we stop for a few hours to visit the town. It was quite a pleasant cruise with some sunny intervals, its still a bit cold and once again there are some icy blasts of wind. It's very suburban here and we pass a housing estate with gardens backing onto the canal followed by lots of allotments in various stages of planting. We stop just before Boot Bridge opposite a boatyard and moor for a few hours, where we take a trip into town to pick up some more provisions and return a parcel which turned out to be a bit of a palaver. We ended up going to the library to print out the label as the post office wouldn't do it as it was Parcelforce and not Royal Mail. On our return to the boat we had some lunch before pressing on towards the Ashby Canal, here the landscape takes a turn for the better as we meander through open countryside before we take the sharp left turn at Marston Junction onto the Ashby Canal and finally moor between bridges 2 and 3.